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Wrestling at the 1968 Ciudad de México Summer Games:

Men's Welterweight, Freestyle

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Host City: Ciudad de México, Mexico
Venue(s): Ice Rink of the Insurgents, Ciudad de México
Date Started: October 17, 1968
Date Finished: October 20, 1968
Format: Scoring by negative points, with negative points given for any result short of a fall. Accumulation of 6 negative points eliminated the wrestler. When three or fewer wrestlers remained, they advanced to a final round, with preliminary results carried forward.

Gold: TUR Mahmut Atalay
Silver: FRA Daniel Robin
Bronze: MGL Tömöriin Artag


The two favorites were Frenchman [Daniel Robin], the 1967 World and 1968 European Champion, and Soviet [Yury Shakhmuradov], European Champion in 1966-67. Less highly considered was the 1966 World Champion, [Mahmut Atalay] of Turkey, but after six rounds, Shakhmuradov was eliminated, and only Robin and Atalay remained. They wrestled for the gold medal with Atalay winning by decision. Robin would also compete in Greco-Roman in Mexico City, winning a silver medal in that style. Atalay had been representing Turkey internationally since 1959, when he won a gold medal at the Mediterranean Games, but he retired after the 1968 Olympics.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE BP
1 Mahmut Atalay 34 Turkey TUR Gold
2 Daniel Robin 25 France FRA Silver
3 Tömöriin Artag 25 Mongolia MGL Bronze
4 Ali Mohammad Momeni 31 Iran IRI
5 Tatsuo Sasaki 26 Japan JPN
6 Yury Shakhmuradov 26 Soviet Union URS
AC Angel Sotirov 24 Bulgaria BUL Eliminated r5/6 8,0
AC Steve Combs 27 United States USA Eliminated r5/6 8,0
AC Martin Heinze 29 East Germany GDR Eliminated r4/6 7,0
AC Károly Bajkó 24 Hungary HUN Eliminated r4/6 8,0
AC Seo Yong-Seok 26 South Korea KOR Eliminated r4/6 8,0
AC Brian Heffel 24 Canada CAN Eliminated r3/6 7,5
AC Jimmy Martinetti 22 Switzerland SUI Eliminated r2/6 6,0
AC Osvaldo Ferrari 26 Italy ITA Eliminated r2/6 6,5
AC Tony Shacklady 22 Great Britain GBR Eliminated r2/6 7,0
AC Carlos Romero 26 Mexico MEX Eliminated r2/6 7,0
AC Kayum Ayub 21 Afghanistan AFG Eliminated r2/6 7,5
AC Wesley O'Brien 20 Australia AUS Eliminated r2/6 8,0
AC Mukhtiar Singh 25 India IND Eliminated r2/6 8,0